Spa-Con Comic & Pop Culture Convention | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

Events
September 23-25

Spa-Con Comic & Pop Culture Convention

Location: Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd

SAVE THE DATE.

Spa-Con 6.0 is set for September 23-25, 2022 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. www.spa-con.org

What do Rodger Bumpass, Barry Bostwick, Michelle Harrison, Pam Grier, Veronica Taylor, Sheryl Lee, Shannon Purser, Caitlin Glass, and Christopher Corey have in common? They've all been to Spa-Con! Spa-Con is a pop culture and comic convention at The Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Scheduled for its sixth installment September 23-25. This event has EVERYTHING! Panels and workshops with guests , meet and greet and photo opportunities with celebrities, a cosplay contest, incredible artists and vendors, and a list of comic artists and cosplayers from across The United States.

Special Guest Announcement | Spa-Con 6.0!

We are pleased to welcome LORI PETTY, BEAU BILLINGSLEA, and MARK ROLSTON!

Tickets are available at spa-con.org.

VIP Passes $125

Weekend Passes $35


The return of The Spa-Con Showdown Smash Bros Video Game Tournament for Spa-Con 6.0!

Registration opened earlier this week for the Spa-Con Showdown Smash Bros. Video Game Tournament on Saturday, September 24th at The Hot Springs Convention Center. Early Bird Registration is $25 until July 23rd, which includes a Full Weekend Spa-Con pass and a bracket entry. This event is presented by National Park College, The Garland County Library, and Visit Hot Springs.

Register at Spa-con.org/gamers/ or start.gg/spacon2022


Artists Announcements!

Chad Maupin

For over 25 years, Chad Maupin has plied his trade as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator shoehorning his love of retro comic books, horror movies and mid-century illustration into every project he could. Maupin runs Big Bot Design, his personal design studio which provides commercial illustration and design and is home for Maupin's personal artwork and world-building. big-bot.com

Chad has had the pleasure of working on and developing many of your favorite brands such as Fayettechill, Houndstooth Clothing Company and many more.

Chad has also offered his services for the second year in a row to illustrating the official Spa-Con 6.0 kaiju event poster and t-shirt. Both will be available at the merchadise booth in the Expo Hall!


Rodney Ramos

Rodney Ramos has been a professional penciler / inker in the comic book industry for over 15 years. He started his career as an assistant to Mark Texeira. He then when on to Marvel Comics working in production doing art corrections as one of John Romita’s Raiders. He started penciling on such titles as Thundercats, Marvel Presents, What If , Conan and Toxic Avenger. He also started inking on a wide variety of books such as Gen-X, Ironman , Gambit, Punisher War Journal, Spider-man and Peter Parker the Amazing Spider-man. He when on to Valiant to work with Jim shooter to pencil Legend of Zelda and inking titles Armorines, Bloodshot, X-O Man Of War. While he was over in England he starting working for Marvel Comics UK on Black Axe, Super Soldiers, Deaths Head.

He has worked at Marvel. Marvel Comics U.K, DC Comics, Valiant, Acclaim comics, Malibu and Continuity Comics with Neal Adams. His inks have graced many titles such as Spider-man, X-men, Iron-man, Peter Parker, Batman, Wonder Woman and the critically acclaimed Transmetropolitan with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Recently he has worked for DC Comics on 52, Countdown, Green Lantern, Batman, JSA, Magog, Vertigo,s Bang Tango and many more titles. Please help us welcome Rodney to the Spa-Con line-up!


Tom Cook

Tom began his career as an animator and artistic director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones! Tom is widely known for his work on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword, Super Friends, Ghostbusters and more!

In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time dirt bike riding on his Yamaha 250 dirt bike, playing competitive softball, and attending quite a few comic cons throughout the year.

Don't miss the Saturday Morning Cartoons with Tom Workshop on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 AM!


Cosplay Guests

Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

Always pushing the envelope of cosplay creativity, Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay specializes in creating mixed media masterpieces using a wide variety of techniques, including advanced needlework, extreme wigwork, moldmaking, armor detailing, and more. Their passion for craftsmanship has taken them around the world, judging contests and teaching cosplayers everywhere, from at home in New England to Sydney, Australia. Regan occasionally competes herself, and in 2019 was crowned Global Champion at the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay finals. With 20 years of experience, their focus is on learning, creativity, and introducing newcomers to the art of cosplay - you can find more of their work online as well as in their line of cosplay books: The Art of Extreme Wig Styling, Fabulous Cosplay Footwear, and The Cosplay Book of Ballgowns.

Don't miss the Chainmail Mesh Workshop with Cowbutt Crunchies on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00PM!

Check out more of Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay, here: cowbuttcrunchiescosplay.com!


Bruce Holt

Bruce Holt, owner of Crazy Costumes, EVA forged in foam master, Multiple Master Class wins, and has been featured on Cosplay Culture.

Bruce has spent most of his life building costumes. The bug hit him at the early in his teens at which time he started making his own, off the wall Halloween costumes to school play designs. After years of building costumes for fun and challenge, he started competing in the late 80's, realizing there were prizes to win. He then decided to be a little more inventive with his craft, making elaborate costumes out of leather, plastic, fabric, and just about anything he could find, trying to replicate his favorite characters and top the creation from the year before.

With EVA foam as his medium of choice, the construction process involves, designing the costumes on a torso mold before transferring the designs digitally, printing and cutting them out of foam. From there, it's a matter of creating the right patterns before finishing it off with airbrushing.

Bruce is an exciting local Cosplay guest with over 40 years' experience; now turning his sights to teaching the craft.


Cheeky Cheetah Cosplay

Cheeky Cheetah (Anita Holmes), is a professional Arkansas-based costume designer, maker, and artist with over 7 years of costuming experience. She has won multiple "Best in Show" awards in Master competitions throughout the United States and has also competed internationally. What started as a love for building and costuming with her family, soon blossomed into a passion for competition, and to push herself to learn a plethora of building mediums that she would use to incorporate into her builds.

She is known for her amazing detailed work and intricate costumes. Loving the challenges that cosplay presents and the skills it requires, she feels that with each new costume she grows as an artist.

Today's previously announced guest, Bruce Holt, and Cheeky Cheetah will be hosting a “Ways to Enhance & Add Detail to Your Armor” on Sunday, September 25th at 11 a.m.! Get your Weekend Pass today so that you can join them --> spa-con.org!


Gregory Harris

Gregory Harris has been a cosplayer since 2016. During this time, he has performed in the prestigious international cosplay contest, Crown Championships of Cosplay, in Chicago twice and performed in the Masquerade at San Diego Comic-Con in 2018 and 2019. He has been interviewed and photographed by Good Morning America, Netflix, FXM (Fox Movie Channel), and by over 50 other reporters nationwide. He has appeared in Cosplay Magazine, and on Cnet.com, PerezHilton.com, and PopSugar.com. In a review of the SDCC Masquerade in 2018, C/Net stated: “This cosplayer blew us away with a hologram to make his cosplay even more impressive.” In 2019, three of his Cosplays were featured in national publications of best cosplays of San Diego Comic-Con.

Gregory emphasizes the Play in Cosplay and enjoys using special effects including a floating Cloak of Levitation and hologram projector to cast spells (Dr. Strange) and long extended flex arms (Reed Richards). Gregory has won Cosplay awards in several different states including Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Illinois, and California. Gregory will be hosting The Kids Cosplay Showcase on Saturday, September 24th at 10:30 a.m.!


Notgrima

Notgrima is a Denver-based cosplayer and crafter of 8 years. She has attended several conventions all over the United States, winning craftsmanship or Best in Show awards from their cosplay contests. She specializes in sewing, wig styling, and latex work.

Her ultimate goal for cosplay is not only to showcase her work, but to make everyone feel accepted and loved in the cosplay community by spreading important messages, memes and love in any way she can.

Don't miss her workshop on Sunday, September 25 at 12:00 PM - Big Wigs: Advanced Wig Styling with Notgrima!

Check out Notgrimas Cosplays here!


Spa-Con 6.0 Schedule

(Schedule subject to change)

Friday, September 23, 2022

6:00 PM - Opening Ceremonies

7:00 PM - LIVE performance by Bit Brigade!

8:30 PM - VIP Party

Bit Brigade performs rock covers of full NES game soundtracks as their gamer speed-runs the game live on stage! Ticket price for the show is included with the purchase of Weekend Passes and VIP Passes to Spa-Con.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

10:00 AM - CASA Superhero Parade led by 501st Legion

10:00 AM - Expo Hall Opens

10:00 AM - Saturday Morning Cartoons with Tom Cook

10:00 AM - FX Sculpting Masks Workshop with Tony Buck

10:30 AM - Kids Cosplay Showcase with Gregory Harris

11:00 AM - Laser Tag Opens

12:00 PM - Q & A with Lori Petty

1:00 PM - Free Photo Ops with Lori Petty

1:00 PM - Spa-Con Showdown Tournament Begins

2:00 PM - VIP Meet and Greet with Lori Petty, Beau Billingslea, and Mark Rolston

2:00 PM - Chainmail Mesh Workshop with Cowbutt Crunchies

3:00 PM - Q & A with Beau Billingslea

4:00 PM - Free Photo Ops with Beau Billingslea

4:00 PM - Cosplay Contest Pre Judging Begins

7:00 PM - Cosplay Club and Contest

8:30 PM - VIP Party

Sunday, September 25, 2022

10:00 AM - Expo Hall Opens

10:00 AM - Inking for Comics Workshop with Rodney Ramos

11:00 AM - Ways to Enhance & Add Detail to Your Foam Builds with Bruce Holt and Cheeky Cheetah

12:00 PM - Big Wigs: Advanced Wig Styling with Notgrima

1:00 PM - Q & A with Mark Rolston

2:00 PM - VIP Meet and Greet with Mark Rolston

4:00 PM - SpaCademy Awards

5:00 PM - VIP Party


VENDOR REGISTRATION

Spa-Con Vendor Registration now is open for Spa-Con 2022.

https://hotsprings.swoogo.con/2022Spa-Con

Vendor booths are $175 until December 31, 2021 (Early Bird Rate) and $200 after that date.

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